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Kennel Club to send UK teams overseas for Agility


THE KENNEL Club has announced that it will again be sponsoring a UK team in 2009 to take part in the European Open Agility Championships in the Netherlands in July, and the FCI World Agility Championships in Austria in September.

Graham Partridge will take over the role of team manager for the European Open, while Steve Croxford will continue as team manager for the World Championships.

The European Open squad selection day has been arranged for Saturday 18th April 2009 at Green Acres, Hellidon Road, Staverton, Daventry NN11 6JP and all competitors eligible to attend from England have been invited. Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales are in the process of arranging which dogs they will be sending to the selection day. Judging will commence at 8.30am and anyone interested in supporting this event is welcome to attend.

English agility competitors wishing to qualify for the European Open (EO) in 2010 need to take part in EO Ranking Events to gain points. These classes will be Combined 6 and 7 Agility Classes and competitors will enter these classes as normal, but gain points for the top ten places, i.e. 10 points for 1st place down to 1 point for 10th place. The top ten places will count regardless of whether rosettes are awarded to 10th place.

These ranking events will be for all heights of dog (though all heights will not necessarily be scheduled at the same show) and are open to all dogs, pedigree and non-pedigree, which are eligible for Grade 6 or 7. This system of selection will be for those competitors resident in England only, therefore only those resident in England will score points based on their top ten position at each ranking event. A points league table will be updated regularly and published on the Kennel Club website and sent to all relevant media outlets.

The Combined 6 and 7 Agility Class used as a European Open Ranking Event can be a class that is already a qualifier, e.g. Crufts Singles, Olympia, or any other sponsored event. When the ranking events have been completed, the top 30 Large, 10 Medium and 10 Small dogs (subject to change) will then be invited to the 2010 selection day. Reserves will be taken in order from the final list.

The shows holding EO Ranking Events are listed below. Results of each EO Ranking Event class will be sent to the Kennel Club within two weeks of the show.

Club
Date of Show
Classes
Beacon ADTC
10 May 2009
Large
Hinckley Dog Training Club
30 & 31 May 2009
Lrg, Med & Small
Thames Dog Training Club
13 & 14 June 2009
Lrg, Med & Small
Newton Heath Dog Training Cl
20 & 21 June 2009
Lrg, Med & Small
Keston Agiltiy Club
28 Jun 2009
Large
Rugby Dog Training Club
11 & 12 July 2009
Lrg, Med & Small
Weardale Dog Training Club
18 & 19 July 2009
Lrg, Med & Small
Scunthorpe
8 & 9 August 2009
Large
KC Festival
14 - 15 August 2009
Lrg, Med & Small
Roseland DTC
30 August 2009
Lrg, Med & Small
Letchworth (First Garden City)
4 - 6 Sept 2009
Lrg, Med & Small
Gillingham
12 & 13 Sept 2009
Lrg, Med & Small
Trent Park DTC
20 Sep 2009
Large
Honiton & District CS
27 Sep 2009
Lrg, Med & Small


All qualification and competition queries, any society wishing to host a Large EO Ranking Event, or for further information, please contact Zoe Tharmasingam at the
Kennel Club on 0870 606 6760 extension 313 or via email on zoe.tharmasingam@thekennelclub.org.uk.

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